If you have a R500,000 budget for a new car, you can find one that meets your every need.
Using TopAuto Car Prices, we found five of the best R500,000 vehicles on offer – detailed below.
Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S ES
This Subaru stands out by offering a stylish design, permanent all-wheel-drive, 460 litres of cargo space, and a generous list of standard features.
Inside, it comes with keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, electrically-adjustable leather seats, cruise control, a 6.3-inch multi-information display, and an 8-inch infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Impreza also boasts a 5-star safety rating in the ANCAP, JNCAP, and Euro NCAP safety programmes.
This is complemented by the fitment of high beam assist, a reverse camera, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, rear automatic braking, pre-collision braking, lane sway and departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and vehicle dynamics control.
It is then powered by a 2.0-litre, petrol motor that develops 115kW and 196Nm, paired with a CVT transmission.
This puts combined fuel consumption at 7.2l/100km, and produces a top speed of 208km/h
The Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S ES has a South African price of R485,000 – which includes a 5-year/150,000km warranty and a 3-year/75,000km service plan.
Mini Cooper 3-Door
This Mini is a great buy if you want a high-quality hatchback with a bit of personality.
It offers stylish seats, a Bluetooth-capable infotainment display, all-round electric windows, cruise control, rear parking sensors, and driver, passenger, side, and head airbags.
The main selling point setting this hatchback apart from the others in its price bracket, however, is the engine.
The 1.5-litre, turbo-petrol motor produces 100kW and 220Nm, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Combined fuel consumption comes in at 5.6l/100km, 0-100km/h acceleration at 8.1 seconds, and top speed at 210km/h.
Kia Seltos GT Line
This Kia Seltos sports leather upholstery, keyless entry and start, automatic headlights, auto-folding wing mirrors, and an 8-inch infotainment display that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
In the driver assistance department you can expect cruise control, six airbags, ABS, hill start assist, electronic stability control and brake force distribution, rear parking sensors, and a reverse camera – along with a 3-star Global NCAP safety rating.
Under the hood, the GT Line receives a 1.4-litre, turbo-petrol motor that delivers 103kW and 242Nm, along with a seven-speed, double-clutch automatic transmission.
The Seltos then accelerates to 100km/h in 9.7 seconds, reaches a top speed of 189km/h, and achieves a combined fuel consumption of 6.3l/100km.
The Kia Seltos 1.4T-GDI GT Line has a South African price of R493,995 – which includes a 5-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, a 5-year/90,000km service plan, and 5-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.
Mazda CX-5 Dynamic
This Mazda SUV offers a leather interior, automatic LED headlights, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, and an 8-inch infotainment display with smartphone mirroring capabilities.
In addition, it comes with cruise control, a reverse camera, hill launch assist, dynamic stability control, electronic brake force distribution, ABS with emergency brake assist, and an alarm and immobiliser.
This guarantees a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating for the CX-5 range.
At the front lies a 2.0-litre petrol motor that generates 121kW and 213Nm, and drives the front wheels only.
The engine mates to a 6-speed automatic transmission, bringing combined fuel consumption to 6.9l/100km and opening up a maximum braked towing capacity of 1 tonne.
The Mazda CX-5 2.0 Dynamic Auto has a South African price of R499,100 – which includes a 3-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, service plan, and roadside assistance.
Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi SuperCab Hi-Rider XLS
The Ford Ranger delivers automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, electric front windows, fabric seats, and a 4.2-inch infotainment screen that supports Bluetooth.
Cruise control, a reverse camera, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, front and side airbags, adaptive load control, hill launch assist, roll-over mitigation, and trailer sway control is standard in this model, too, resulting in a 4-star Latin NCAP safety rating.
Its capabilities are more impressive than its features, though, as it can carry 1,071kg in the load box and tow a maximum of 3,500kg.
Enabling this is a 2.2-litre, turbo-diesel motor that generates 118kW and 385Nm, which drives the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
Combined fuel consumption is rated at 7.6l/100km, and an 80 litre fuel tank provides ample range.
The Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi SuperCab Hi-Rider XLS Auto has a South African price of R499,800 – which includes a 4-year/120,000km warranty, a 6-year/90,000km service plan, and 3-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.